Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Tammuz 25, 5774
At some point every day, we find ourselves looking into a mirror. We might turn to examine our profile. We might move in closer to scrutinize our features more closely. Or we might just have a quick look, as if to reassure ourselves that yes, there we are, and everything is okay. But what if we could use that same...
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A central legend during the observance of Yom Kippur is that of the Book of Life. According to the legend, God judges us during the 10 days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, called the "Days of Awe." Those who truly repent and atone for their sins get to have their names written down in the Book of Life for...
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Although no food is eaten on Yom Kippur, there are a great number of traditions that have to do with food. Families have their own preferences about what is eaten before and after the fast. Many families have a full holiday meat meal before the fast - complete with nice tablecloths, dishes and silver. After the holiday, for the "break-the-fast,"...
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We go back to our archives for some ideas for tashlich, or the custom of literally and symbolically emptying our pockets into flowing water to "wash away our sins."
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The New Year is rapidly approaching - a time to gather together with family and friends in the home and in the synagogue. And we work to make our table beautiful for Rosh Hashanah, just like we do for Shabbat. Here's a fun and simple idea for you to try. You will need: a plastic apple; a plastic honey bear;...
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